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Movie Fact #57 - October 13th, 2020


The chain of influence continues! Yesterday, our daily Movie Fact was about Alfred Hitchcock's legendary 1960 film Psycho. It's believed that today's film of topic, the 1955 French psychological thriller Les Diaboliques (Translation: Diabolique), was actually a huge inspiration behind the making of Hitchcock's film. A major reason this is presumed is in the early 1950's, Hitchcock actually tried to buy the rights to the novel that inspired Diabolique, the 1952 French novel Celle qui n'était plus (Translation: She Who Was No More) by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. The rumor is director Henri-Georges Clouzot bought the film rights to the original novel mere hours before Alfred Hitchcock attempted to. Despite losing out on the chance to make the film, Alfred Hitchcock was a big fan of Diabolique (1955), hence the assumption the development of Psycho was based on that film. Stay tuned!

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